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Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson

Colorado Springs, and all the rest of CO (especial

Connor Bruson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Connor Bruson's Bio

Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism graduate from Colorado State University, living in my native city of Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pikes Peak. I assemble bikes at Borealis Fat Bikes, live with my wonderfully outdoorsy wife, and run/hike/ride as much as possible. I've got a great back yard to get out and play in!

Connor Bruson

Connor Brusonwrote a review of on June 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I bought these for my wife, so this is my review compiling her thoughts about the shoes. The bottom line is, she loves them, and she is running further and more comfortably than ever!
She needed a dedicated neutral trail running shoe with good ankle support and not too low of a drop (to prevent achilles pain). These fit the description exactly. She has narrow feet and they fit her well and snugly - not sure if they would be good for wider feet. She tried on these and the climashield versions and found they fit differently, so be sure to try on the same shoe type you want to buy. With a tread as aggressive as these, just keep them on the trails where they are happiest and they will thank you for it with a long and grippy life!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on June 16, 2016

Great updates, but I'm not in love
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I've worn through the XT Wings 1 and 2 and now own a pair of these. There are definitely some great updates since the XT2, but the XT2's seem to fit my feet a little better than this new model.

The great updates are:
- lightweight, low profile tongue with lace garage. The old tongue was pretty bulky and padded, but this one is hardly there mesh. Contours the instep better.
- better traction with an updated design and larger lugs
- same great toe protection and water resistant halfway up the shoe.
- same great stability and a slightly lower 10mm drop. I think the XT2 is 12mm.

What I don't like as much:
- the fit seems more narrow in the forefoot and even a smidge shorter length (by like .5mm)
- the outsole does not flare out under the forefoot and heel as much as it used to, creating a sleeker profile but less contact area
- rocks still get stuck in the tread under the midfoot/heel haha

Overall, I can't wear any other Salomons because I need the stability of the Wings series, and this one is a pretty darn good replacement. I hope to get many more miles out of them!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I needed a cheap bag for a tropical missions trip coming up, instead of my Big Agnes 15 degree bag. Couldn't beat the sale price of this bag even compared to other 40-50 degree bags! When I opened the bag for the first time, I was surprised #1 how small it packed for synthetic (nice cinch stuff sack too) and #2 the little extra touches - like a quarter zip on the non-zipper side to be more comfortable in warmer weather, as well as a nice hood. Glad BC had these on sale - exactly what I needed, and I think I will be happy with the performance as well.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

FiveTen family photo
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

My wife and I love our FiveTen's! I had a pair of Teva Links for many years before getting my wife a pair of original Freeriders. Ever since then, I wanted my own. I went with the Freerider VXi because I wanted to step up my shoe game to feel more confident on aggressive and technical trails. They don't disappoint!

Comfortable right out of the box, and of course stick to the pedals like glue. I like the flat tread pattern because, as intended, your feet can move laterally if you don't get your footing correct the first time. I have not had a problem hiking up trails in these either, despite the lack of tread. Not very water tight like the all-leather Tevas, so not as great a rainy/winter shoe. I wear a 10-10.5 in street shoes and the size 10 worked best for me. Grab these at a discount since the new model just landed!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

My last pair of Salomons were the XT Wings 2. Since then, I have tried transitioning into very minimal Inov-8 shoes as well as Brooks PureFlow for road, but they never felt right, and I couldn't run more than a few miles in them. The Salomon Fellraiser strikes the perfect balance of offset that I was looking for (6mm), and has such great traction it is perfect all year round!
I just took these out for a short run in a few inches of fresh snow. My feet never got wet thanks to the mud guard halfway up the shoe. Whenever I got snow on the toe area, it never went past the rubber toe guard. The traction was great, even up and down steep climbs in the snow, and the drop seems to be great for my running style so far. The shoes are noticeably lighter and quicker-feeling than the 12mm drop XT Wings.

This shoe seems to be the best balance of price, weight, drop, and traction from Salomon. I was considering the Sense or the Sense Ultra, but the Fellraiser seemed better in every way for my purposes.
I'm looking forward to taking these on longer and more technical runs... I think they will do great!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large

My wife purchased this fleece after returning a Re-Tool Snap-T last year. She much prefers this style than the fuzzy Re-Tool.
Also, the jacket runs pretty large (Patagonia's 'regular fit'). She is 5'4" 120lbs and a small fits comfortably with room, not fitted. She could probably fit in an XS, but this fleece is meant to fit like this.

Don't be fooled by the title saying 'lightweight' fleece. It is a standard weight fleece, blocks wind adequately, and insulates well. It is warmer than the Re-Tool fleece she returned.
Overall she loves the fleece and has worn it every day so far!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

My wife is always cold boarding, but...
3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

...this jacket keeps her warm, finally! It's a great boarding or skiing jacket that does (nearly) everything it should. I got her the blue line color, and it's one of the few non-black jackets that goes well with her red pants, so that's a plus.

However, some aspects of the fit were lacking. The jacket runs slim through the waist, then tapers to the hips. She prefers a less-flared look. Secondly, the hood is far too small to fit over a helmet. This is the biggest problem, as the jacket would be much warmer on lifts if the hood could fit over the helmet and pull the collar up over the nose. Thankfully, the hood can be completely removed.

The jacket fits true to size. She is 5'4" 120lbs and the small fits well, as per the picture.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on December 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm usually not a hat guy because of how they look/fit on me. I am a BC.com fan, though. Thankfully this hat fits me very well! It sits up a bit higher on my head than most other hats I own, especially flat brimmed ones. It also sits higher than my Patagonia trucker hat. It doesn't quite contact my ears, and fits the shape of my head as well, so it is comfortable all day long - forward or backward. I can't say that about any other hats I own. Thanks BC for making rad gear.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on December 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Read the reviews before purchasing, runs large! I'm 6' 160lbs and a Small fits perfectly.
That being said, order the correct size and you'll love this hoodie. It's super soft and a good fit all-around. The goat mountain screen print is high quality and looks great. I'd say the only downside to this hoodie is that it seems to attract a huge amount of animal hair, moreso than other sweatshirts. Invest in a lint roller at the same time of purchase.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

A while ago, I bought a pair of Teva Links for myself and have since been oogling over these FiveTen Freeriders. Well I just bought a pair for my wife as her first MTB shoes, and they are just as awesome as I expected. She reports that they are stiff, sticky, and responsive on downhills -- duh. We ride more XC/AM than DH, so climbing in them sometimes proves clunky and her feet get a bit tingly because of how stiff they are. However the performance after the climbing is well worth it.
Plus, they look sweet on or off the bike!
Based on her experience and other friends' reviews, I would gladly ride these instead of my Tevas. However, I'm sad they changed the Freerider model to the VXi... loved the more casual look of these. Oh well.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on September 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are a huge motivation to even go on a run or ride just to 'earn' them! Perfect tasty sweet snack, lots of energy, and a good amount of chews in each bag. More than shot bloks or chomps. The fruit smoothie flavor is my favorite. Love all of honey stinger's products.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've thrown this saddle on my XC, AM, and SS commuter bikes and it is my favorite hands down. It has never put my legs or butt to sleep, it's comfortable on long rides, and it looks good. I am 150lbs, 32in waist, 6' tall for reference - although saddles are mostly personal preference. Very satisfied with this saddle.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive used these in various widths on various bikes throughout the years. They are always my go-to tire here in Colorado. Great tread for loose granite and rocky conditions, but still keeps rolling resistance down. These never feel sketchy in the corners and offer great traction on climbs as well. I definitely recommend the 2.35 version unless you're doing strictly XC. Also, no problems at all with the tubeless system on Stans rims and Mavic XM819 rims.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the 2.2 on the rear. Always good traction on climbs, and the tire works very well for me tubeless on Mavic XM-819 rims.
The reinforced sidewall on these is a winner. After a hard hit, I got a bubble in the sidewall and thought the tires were done. About a week later, the bubble completely went away, and I've been on a dozen rides on it since then!
Overall, not my favorite tire, but no complaints really.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 18, 2013

5 5

Love these for chilly aerobic workouts when I don't want to layer up too much. I use them for running and cycling - they work great in both instances.
They keep my arms really warm without adding bulk to my torso. If I get hot, Ijust take 'em off, roll them up like a pair of long socks, and put them in my jersey pocket or shorts pocket.
Buy a pair of these instead of longsleeve jerseys and shirts!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 18, 2013

4 5

Had this watch now for around 1.5 years. I mostly just use the altimeter function and haven't really tried to figure out the compass/barometer parts because they're so complicated. I'm sure I could learn the functions but it just seems too difficult, even after watching a few videos.
The altimeter is usually off by 100ft and has to be calibrated at every trailhead (and at every possible elevation marker, if you really want accuracy, which defies the point...). Also, the battery screw on the underside of the face was nearly impossible to take off.
On the plus side, it looks sweet, is very comfortable, and the basic functions are very useful.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

Got my first pair of Smartwools 5 years ago and have never gone back to regular socks since. The 'running light micro' is my favorite design. It's no-show and the lip on the heel prevents chafing. The 'light' weight seems to last a few months longer than the 'ultra light' weight socks - I get at least 1-2 years out of mine. I'd recommend the ultra light socks for minimalist running shoes or cycling, though. These are great for everything else - casual, hiking, running, etc! Wonderful product. Fill your sock drawer with 'em!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just washed a load of Stoic softshells, Salomon ski jackets, and GoLite down jackets with this. I know Nikwax makes special washes for each of these, but hey, I can't afford $10 loads of laundry. That being said, this product worked well for most of the garments. Softshell jacket and pants- waterproofed! Ski jackets- spick and span! Down jackets....maybe I should have gotten the Down Wash. Despite following the directions to the T, the down came out very clumped up with spots on the fabric, and it hardly cleaned the stains and blackened cuffs.
But for an all-in-one cleaner, I can't complain. Very useful and necessary product if you have multiple technical garments.

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